Tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market fell in three of four categories in October, with only those for medium and wide-base truck tires improving over the same month a year ago.
Despite the declines, aftermarket shipments remained ahead year-to-date in the four tire segments monitored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Tire imports also remained strong, except for heavy truck tires, where monthly totals fell.
Medium and wide-base truck tires were the lone bright spot for replacement shipments in October, climbing 3.1 percent for the month and 3.3 percent year to date.
Passenger tire shipments, in contrast, fell 8.9 percent in October but remained 1 percent ahead year-to-date.
Monthly light truck tire shipments slid 7.9 percent but were up 4.7 percent year-to-date, while those for heavy truck tires slipped 33.2 percent during the month but continued 11 percent ahead year-to-date.